Justin and Jordana

How We Met: College sweethearts, the two of us met freshman year of college at Brandeis University. Starting off as beer pong partners, our friendship quickly grew into so much more and we’ve been together since <3

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How He Asked: It was a typical Monday evening.The “plan” was for Justin to meet me by the metro after work to run a few errands together and then head back to his apartment for dinner. We grabbed a quick snack and then headed towards the metro. After we rounded the corner, he tells me that he got me an early birthday present, and that we’re not actually headed to the train. Instead, we walk into this amazing building called the National Building Museum, which has been hosting a summer exhibit called the BEACH — an interactive architectural installation bringing the experience of going to the beach to downtown DC.

Situated in the Museum’s Great Hall, the BEACH spans 10,000 square feet and includes an “ocean” of nearly one million translucent plastic balls (translation: it’s a huge ball pit). I’ve been dying to visit the BEACH all summer, but Justin had conveniently made himself “busy” each time I tried to get us to go and now I know why.

Justin pulled a few strings and was able to get the place to ourselves. We got inside and “swam” around for a bit until Justin pulled me onto a small platform in the middle of the “ocean.”  It seemed like a great perch to jump from, so as soon I got up there, I cannon-balled right back into the ball pit – unknowingly prolonging the proposal just a tad bit more.  Luckily, Justin convinced me to get back up onto the platform, where he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I didn’t hesitate for even a half second.

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After it was all said and done, Justin and I locked hands and plunged together back into the “ocean.”  (He made sure to hold my left hand tight because losing a diamond ring in a sea of one million translucent balls would have been a nightmare.)

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